The Mystery Blogger Award

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A big thanks to Laura at The Book Corps for tagging me! Please be sure to check out her lovely blog. Also, thanks to Okotoenigma for creating this fun award.


The Rules: 

  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and link it to their blog
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate between 10 to 20 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions
  • Share a link to your best/favourite post that you have written

3 Facts About Me:

1. I’ll be teaching a new subject this school year. For the past four years I have been teaching English to 7th and 9th grade students. Now, I’ll be teaching a class called Leadership Skills and Global Issues (LSGI), which is all about global events, Model United Nations, public speaking, research and essay writing. I’m beyond excited! 🙂

2. I’m obsessed with making book and character aesthetic boards on Pinterest. I love doing it and just can’t stop! I spend a ridiculous amount of time on that site.

3. I’m afraid of ice skating after having a pretty horrible accident when I was in grade 3. We used to skate at the local arena in PE class. A bunch of us had our arms linked together and one girl fell pulling me down with her. The back of her blade went straight into my knee and all I remember is being in tons of pain. Now, the closest I’ll get to the ice is sitting in the seats during a hockey game.


Laura’s Questions:

1. If you could time travel to only one period of history, which would it be?
This is such a difficult question! I love history and so many different time periods. Umm…maybe ancient Egypt? There are so many things that I’d love to know like how exactly did they build the pyramids? I could learn so much!

2. What is your favourite TV show/movie? 
Hmmmm….right now I’m obsessed with The X-Files, Law & Order and The Last Kingdom.

3. What is your favourite country/city you’ve traveled to? And if you haven’t traveled, what country/city have you always wanted to visit?
Without a doubt, Scotland has been my favourite country to visit. I lived in Edinburgh while attending university and I just fell in love with it. My heart still aches for it. I really want to go back sometime soon. Work and budgets just keep on getting in the way. 😦

4. What classic novel have you always wanted to read but haven’t/or DNF’d?
I’ve always wanted to read Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. The were quite successful when released in the 1800s, but have now been overshadowed by the books released by her older sisters.

5. Is there a book that you wish you had come up with instead of the original author?
There are so many! I really wish I could write like Jane Austen or Charlotte Brontë. Their books were absolutely brilliant, especially since 200 years on people are still reading them!


My Favourite Post:

I used to post Bookish Mixes on the blog and these were by far my favourite posts. They were so much fun to make! They were also really time consuming so I kind of stopped making them. But I do have so more on the way! Yay! 🙂


My Questions:

1. Which book has surprised you the most this year? Why?
2. When going on a trip, which item must you have with you? Why?
3. If you were writing a book, what would it be about?
4. Which diverse book are you most excited to read?
5. If you could change a book cover that you hate, what would you do to improve it?


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The “How I Choose My Books” Tag

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A big thank you to Destiny at Howling Libraries for tagging me! Please take the time to go check out her lovely blog or follow her on social media ♡


1. Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick up this book?

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I wasn’t really a big fan of this book. The cover, with its space theme and ship, along with the synopsis had me thinking it was about one thing while it ended up being about something else. I wanted pirates and more time travel. Instead, it was love triangles, confusing plot twists and insta-love. Nope. Nope. Nope.

2. Think of a book you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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I randomly received this book in the mail from the publisher. I didn’t think much of it and tossed it aside. Just from the title, cover and the fact that it was for a middle grade audience made me turn my nose up at it. Months later I needed a quick read and decided to pick it up. And boy was I wrong about it! This book was heartbreaking, honest and beautiful.

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

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I discovered this book while browsing on Goodreads. It sounded absolutely magical and I loved the cover. I marked it as “want to read” and thought nothing of it. A few weeks later the author reached out and sent me a copy to review. I had only been blogging for a few months so this was very exciting.

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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My students kept pushing this book on me. Two years later and I finally picked it up. I’ve only recently started to read contemporary YA and every time I do I love it. I don’t even know why I resist it. This book was so cute!

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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This book was all over a bunch of accounts I follow on Twitter. I’ve been wanting to branch out into more adult genres and had never read a book labeled as “erotica” before so I gave it a try. And wow! YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! *fans self* I’ve already downloaded the second book in the series it was so good.

6. Find a book on your shelves or ereader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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The cover reminds me of Xena! Honestly, that’s really why I decided to pick it up and luckily it was amazing! Magic, lots of action, political intrigue, romance…so many good things! I need to read the sequel ASAP!

7. What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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OK, so it really wasn’t a TV adaption, but Dan Jones hosted a fantastic historical documentary series about the Plantagenets and when I realized that he wrote a book about this fascinating dynasty I had to read it. The book, like the series, was fast paced, full of detail and totally brought the history to life. I totally recommend it if you are looking for a good non-fiction read!

8. Think of your all-time favorite book(s). When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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I don’t even remember the first time I read this book. Maybe when I was in high school? I became fascinated with Jane Austen’s novels around that time after taking a classic literature class. I loved them all but Persuasion stuck with me. It’s unlike Austen’s other novels and its subject matter (second chances) really hit home. I’ve perhaps read it a dozen times now.


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Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read Tag

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This tag was originally posted on Ariel Bissett’s Youtube channel. I also saw it a few weeks ago on Lia’s blog Lost in a Story. The tag is all about the books that I don’t think I’ll ever read. It’s short and simple so let’s do this…


1. A really hyped book you’re not interested in reading?

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At one point in time this series seemed to be all everyone would speak about. I struggled to get through Truthwitch. I was confusing, with an irritating main character and tough to get through. I picked it up and put it down tons of times. Windwitch is based around a character I did enjoy from Truthwitch but I just don’t have the patience or time to struggle through it again.

2. A series you won’t start/won’t be finishing?

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I’ve completely given up on the Throne of Glass series. I just can’t read the books anymore. The characters irritate me, the storylines make me angry and I feel like the quality decreased as time went on. To be honest, I haven’t enjoyed the series since the second book. There just isn’t enough time in the world to try to stick with a series that you don’t enjoy.

3. A classic that you’re just not interested in?

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I adore Jane Eyre and Jane Austen’s novels, but the classic I have no interest in reading is Catch-22. The synopsis doesn’t excite me at all. I read it, shrugged and felt no pull to pick it up. Plus, there are tons of reviews on Goodreads that say they found it slow, difficult to read and confusing. So…I’m going to pass on this book!

4. Any genres you never read?

I never read horror. I’m a huge baby and gore/scary things just don’t do it for me. I read to escape but not be scared to death.

5. A book on your shelves you’ll probably never actually read? 

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My co-blogger Gina really enjoyed this book but I have no interest in it. I received in a monthly book box, flipped through it and never picked it up again. I’ll probably just donate it to my classroom library or give it to a friend.

The Narnia Tag

Book Blitz_Thank you to Azia at The Uncharted World for tagging me. It was a long time ago (way back in March) and I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to post. If you haven’t visited her blog before, go and do so now, because it’s beautiful! ❤


NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit

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I love the whole aesthetic of the 1920s. The dresses, the music clubs…this book contains all of that, plus intrigue, danger and homeopaths (people with the ability to persuade and manipulate the emotions and thoughts of others through poetry and music). This book is so unique and I would love to have the abilities that the main characters have.


THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated

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This book helped fill a huge hole left by the cancellation of Firefly years back. It was so much fun with sarcastic dialogue, strange and wonderful characters, space action, love/hate romance…you really need to pick it up! Why aren’t more people talking about this book? I just don’t get it.


THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love

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I usually answer Persuasion for this type of question, but Jane Eyre is my other favorite classic. It’s hard to pick between the two.


THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about

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I remember downloading this from NetGalley. I knew it was a fantasy book set in Asia but that’s about it. It turned out it was a fantasy book set in Asia. The idea of it was fascinating but it moved along at a slow pace…it was truly a struggle to get through.


PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved

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Best. Sequel. Ever!!! I devoured this book in two days (a huge feat since I’ve been in a reading slump and it’s over 400 pages). The romance. The fighting. The regency period. Ahhhh…it’s a book you simply must read.


THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of

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I’m obsessed with Assassin’s Creed. Yes, it’s a super dangerous world and quest but how cool would it be?!?!


THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love

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I joined the book’s blog tour mostly based on the cover. It looked interesting and I was new to blogging. I had no clue what I was getting myself into. But wow…this book wasn’t anything like what I was expecting. The mix of history and fantasy was so well done. And the characters stole my heart. The other two books in the trilogy are even better. A must read!


THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love

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Ok, it’s not a series but this book floored me. It ripped out my heart, stomped on it and I loved every second of it. It was beautifully written, heartbreaking, emotional and never what I expected. Ryan Graudin’s books just keep on getting better and better.


THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of

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Who doesn’t love the friendship between Harry, Ron and Hermione? I automatically thought of their friendship when I saw this prompt. One of my favourites of all time!


EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you

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In the first book, And I Darken, I hated Radu. He was always complaining…basically a huge baby. He started to change near the end of the book (thank goodness) and in Now I Rise, my view of Radu has completely changed. I enjoyed reading the parts that featured him. I just want to wrap him up in a big hug. Seriously, he’s precious!


MR. TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature

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The manticore called Ongraygeeomryn was seriously one of the best things about this sequel. She’s sassy and brutally honest. I just loved her so much! ❤


CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities

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Without question the only answer for this prompt is Nikolai Lantsov *sigh* I love him to bits.


THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read

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I really wish this was my bedroom. *sigh* I do most of my reading in my room. It’s where I keep my book and the quietest place in the house. Sometimes I also read outside on the patio but that totally depends on how hot it is outside.


MY TAGS…

The Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

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Thanks to Azia at The Uncharted World for tagging me! ❤ I can’t believe it’s already the middle of the year. It honestly feels like 2017 just started. I haven’t read as many books as I did last year. But I do feel quite happy with the ones that I have managed to read. Here’s a look at my year so far…


Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017

 

I can’t pick just one so these are my five favorite books that I’ve read so far this year. These were all easily 5 star reads! ❤

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017

 

These were perfect in every way! They made me laugh, cry and swoon. Plus, as much as I love their predecessor, I found these to be even better. They offered more character development, answered long burning questions and kept me guessing the whole time.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

 

This list could go on and on. I’ve been struggling to read this year and my TBR from the past 6 months alone is gigantic. Soon…hopefully soon! *sighs*

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of the Year

 

AHHHH….too many books! This year is just full of so many must have releases. I’m poor! I can’t buy any more books! *runs and hides*

Biggest Disappointment

 

The Valiant had such an amazing premise but it just went nowhere. I expected a lot more kickass female gladiator fights but ended up getting an annoying MC and a contrived romance. Yuck! The Traveler didn’t feature enough time traveling pirates. I feel like I was lied to. And Traitor to the Throne was long, very long. It took everything I loved about the first book and either eliminated it or relegated it to insignificance.

Biggest Surprise

 

The Fill-In Boyfriend was my first Kasie West book and I can’t wait to pick up more from her. It was so fun and swoon worthy. Cold Summer was absolutely stunning! WWII, time travel and its consequences. A MUST READ! The Beast is an Animal was dark and creepy…it had me running to Pinterest to make an aesthetic board as soon as I finished it.

Favorite New Author

 

I can’t wait for Gwen Cole’s next release. It probably won’t be for a while since her debut was just released but I just know it will be amazing! Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti series is stunning. I’m amazed at how she can transmit so many things in stories that are around 100 pages long. Her worlds are also so unique. I fell in love with Dan Jones’ historical documentaries earlier this year. So, I hoped that his writing would reignite my love for books based on history. And it did…he just has this special way of pulling in the reader. He’s exciting, engaging and totally badass!

Favorite New Crush

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I enjoyed Lord Carlston is the first book but this sequel confirmed my undying love for this mysterious man. There’s just something about Regency-era men that makes my heart  melt.

Favorite New Characters

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How can you not love the characters in this book? I can’t wait to learn more about them and the very cool Bells in the sequel that’s released later this year.

Books That Made You Cry

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I knew I would get emotional with this book but I didn’t expect to cry so hard. It took me on an emotional rollercoaster. My heart was ripped out, stomped on and it still hasn’t fully recovered.

A Book That Made You Happy

 

I had such a huge smile on my face while reading these. The banter, the romance…the everything!

Most Beautiful Books You’ve Bought So Far This Year

 

These covers are just so beautiful! ❤

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the End of the Year?

 

I’ve been saying that I’m going to read these books for ages…at least since I started this blog last year. Enough is enough! I am going to read them before the year ends!


My Tags:

Mystery Blogger Award

Mini Reviews-2Thanks to Athena at Priceless Books for nominating me! Please stop by her blog and show her some much deserved love. ❤ I think I’ve done this tag before but since there are new questions each time I’m more than happy to do it again!


The Rules:

  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question

Three Facts About Me:

1. My middle name is Courtney and I really, like really dislike it. Don’t mention it to me…EVER! 😛

2. I love watching hockey but don’t skate because I had an accident in PE class in elementary school that scared the life out of me.

3. I’ve dyed my hair tons of colours but I’d love to go the lilac route just to see what it would look like. But I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be allowed to go to work if I dyed my hair an “unnatural” colour.


Athena’s Questions:

1. What is one book you have read that you think is underrated? Why do you think it’s underrated?

Ryan Graudin is a brilliant writer and I adored the Wolf by Wolf series, but her 2014 novel The Walled City is even better. I don’t think many people know about it. It deserves a lot more love for sure!

2. If you were stranded on an island and could only bring three books what would you bring?

Hmmmm…Persuasion by Jane Austen (my heart ❤), Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (the Dregs are just the greatest group of people ever) and Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (because the banter between the two main character will keep me amused).

3. Which would you prefer: coffee, tea, or neither? Why? 

I’m all about the caffeine! I drink tons and tons of coffee, but also enjoy tea. It really depends on the situation and time of day. Coffee is usually for the morning and tea when I come home from work in the evening.

4. Do you keep the artist separate from the art? Or do you think they should go together? What I mean is, say an artist creates something that you absolutely love, but you find out they are a terrible person, would you still enjoy their art or would you boycott it?

I have a hard time separating the artist from their work. The work is kind of an extension of themselves, even if it’s a fictional book based in a fantasy world. Also, why would I want to support someone who is terrible? Twitter has really opened my eyes to a lot of authors who write books for young people but then attack them for their sexual orientation, race, beliefs, etc. I can’t support that! It goes against everything I believe in and besides, do we really want this person writing more books? Hell no!!!!

5. The weird question: If you had to do cartwheels or somersaults for the rest of your life which one would you choose?

I’m better at doing cartwheels so I’m going with that one!


My Questions:

1. What is your favourite book cover? Why is it your favourite?

2. If you could have two book characters (from different books) fall in love, who would you choose? Why?

3. Are books over 500 pages a turn off? Why or why not?

4. If you could pick one author to write a YA book based on your life who would you pick? Why?

5. What mythical creature should authors stop writing about? Why?


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The Beauty and The Beast Book Tag!

Mini Reviews-2.pngThanks to Demi at Books Traveller for tagging me! She tagged me ages ago (waaayyy back in January) and I’m just doing it now. I’m so sorry it took me so long. I’ve really been struggling with posting and comments. But better late than never! Wooooo! Let’s do this…


Rules:

  • Thank the person who tagged you
  • Mention the creator → Kirsty @Kirsty and the Cat Read (check her original post here)
  • Match a book to each of the songs/characters below
  • Tag as many people as you like

“Tale As Old As Time” – A popular theme, trope or setting you will never get bored with reading

I love the hate to love tropes in books. I think it’s because this trope usually leads to witty and at times comical banter between the main characters. Plus, it adds the will they or won’t they factor which I also adore. This was really well done in STJR ❤

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Belle – A book you bought for its beautiful cover that’s just as beautiful inside too

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When the Moon Was Ours is one of the most beautiful books that I have ever read. If you haven’t read it yet, you really, really need to! It’s lyrical and magical and will make your heart burst into a million pieces.

Beast – A book you didn’t expect much from but pleasantly surprised you

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I honestly though Ruined would be like so many other YA books that I’ve read. The synopsis didn’t do it any favours but this book was AWESOME! I loved it so much. The romance, the fighting, the magic…I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!!!!

Gaston – A book everyone loves that you don’t

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Unpopular opinion time…I can’t stand Sarah J. Maas books anymore. I loved TOG at the beginning but now it’s all the same and oh so white. I did read the first book in this series but was bored out of my mind. And the abusive relationships? How is that even attractive? Please….someone explain it to me. Yuck!

LeFou – A loyal sidekick you can’t help but love more than their counter part

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I really didn’t like the main character, Fallon. She was just…annoying. However, Elka, her best friend, was kickass! Can I just have a book featuring her? Please?

Mrs Potts, Chip, Lumiere & Cogsworth – A book that helped you through a difficult time or that taught you something valuable

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This book really hit home in so many ways. It’s beautiful and inspiring. Another must read, even if you don’t like poetry. This one will definitely change your mind about the genre.

“Something There” – A book or a series that you weren’t into at first but picked up towards the end

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The Witch Who Came In From The Cold was a series that I liked at the beginning but only got really into about 5 or 6 stories in. Now I’m absolutely hooked and can’t get enough of it!

“Be Our Guest” – A fictional character you’d love to have over for dinner

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Luna Lovegood is my favourite Harry Potter character! She’s different and weird and totally alright with it. She doesn’t change because other people think she doesn’t fit in. It’s one of the things I really love about her. Plus, she’d be so much fun to hang out with! 🙂


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I’m not going to tag anyone because this particular tag has be featured on tons of blogs earlier this year. I’m just late to the party. But of course, if you haven’t done it yet consider yourself tagged. I’d love to see your answers. ❤